A race against HMS Defender

HIGH AND MIGHTY The team on Ben Nevis
HIGH AND MIGHTY The team on Ben Nevis

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THEY are the Royal Navy’s most sophisticated warships – and they can go pretty fast.

But that didn’t stop the crew of HMS Defender from challenging their own ship to a race up the coast.

CHALLENGE HMS Defender and a Land Rover Defender

CHALLENGE HMS Defender and a Land Rover Defender

A group of 14 sailors from the Portsmouth-based ship launched an attempt to scale three mountains and arrive in Glasgow before their ship could make the journey north.

They were joined by 16 members of staff from Jaguar Land Rover, who donated the use of several Land Rovers for the task.

The ship’s company lined the jetty to bid farewell to their crewmates in the seven Land Rover vehicles supplied by the company, which manufactures the Land Rover Defender.

Leading Physical Trainer Craig Sutton said: ‘We were welcomed by the commanding officer, who saw to it that we had a good breakfast before setting off on our 600-mile trip.

ON THE MOVE The team get going

ON THE MOVE The team get going

‘Although it is a great opportunity to conduct adventurous training, the driving force behind the expedition was to raise money for our affiliated 
charities.’

The team’s assault on Snowdon was completed in darkness due to delays getting along the roads.

They were met with strong winds, cloud, and ice along the first leg of their journey.

The second peak, Scafell Pike, was tackled after five hours of driving and just three hours 
sleep.

CHALLENGE The group at the peak of Scafell Pike in the Lake District

CHALLENGE The group at the peak of Scafell Pike in the Lake District

And eventually, they reached the peak of Ben Nevis.

LPT Sutton added: ‘This challenge is a testament to the ethos of the Royal Navy, echoed by a British engineering legend such as Jaguar Land Rover.

‘It has been conducted in the spirt of teamwork and friendship, and long may it 
continue.’

HMS Defender is due to deploy for the first time later this year.

The teams raised more than £7,000 for charity.

If you would like to donate to the sailors’ fund, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DFND3peaks.